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03:55 [News] Video of IACR Distinguished Lecture

  The video of Mihir Bellare's IACR distinguished lecture at Crypto is now online.

18:38 [Job][New] Senior Cryptographic/Software Obfuscation Engineer, DARPA- i_SW Corporation

  I_SW is looking for a Staff Scientist with a background in mathematics and cryptography to support a DARPA program focused on program obfuscation to protect DoD assets. Candidate will provide Scientific, Engineering and Technical Assistance (SETA) support to assist in the management and evaluation of the research underlying this effort. Candidate should have experience planning and developing technical projects of a research and development (R&D) nature, concerned with unique or controversial problems which have an important effect on major Department of Defense programs.

This work will be collaborative with DARPA and i_SW corporation located in Arlington, VA

Required Skills

• Demonstrated skill in successfully performing technical assignments including conducting research in problem areas of considerable scope and complexity requiring unconventional or novel approaches and sophisticated research techniques, risk analysis and resolution, tracking technical milestones, and report preparations

• Research focus on the theoretical sides of cryptography

• Demonstrated skill in conceiving, planning, and conducting research in problem areas of considerable scope and complexity requiring unconventional or novel approaches and sophisticated research techniques.

• Demonstrated the ability to independently conduct the appropriate analyses to offer recommendations, solutions, and alternatives to resolve R&D issues, concerns, problems, or methods.


Some post-graduate work in mathematics and cryptography preferred.

To apply for this position, please email your resume or C.V. to Robert.Lunsford Robert.lunsford (at)

17:20 [Event][New] CECC '15: 15th Central European Conference on Cryptology

  Submission: 15 February 2015
Notification: 1 April 2015
From July 8 to July 10
Location: Klagenfurt, Austria
More Information:

06:17 [Pub][ePrint] Side-channel Power Analysis of Different Protection Schemes Against Fault Attacks on AES, by Pei Luo, Yunsi Fei, Liwei Zhang, and A. Adam Ding

  A protection circuit can be added into cryptographic systems to detect both soft errors and injected faults required by Differential Fault Analysis (DFA) attacks. While such protection can improve the reliability of the target devices significantly and counteract DFA, they will also incur extra power consumption and other resource overhead. In this paper, we analyze the side-channel power leakage of AES protection methods against fault attacks and quantify the amount. We implement six different schemes and launch correlation power analysis attacks on them. The results show that the protection circuits have all increased the power leakage and therefore make the system more vulnerable to power analysis attacks. We further compare different protection schemes in terms of power consumption, area, fault coverage, and side-channel leakage. Our results demonstrate trade-offs among multiple design metrics, and suggest that reliability, security, and costs have to be all considered together in the design phase of cryptographic systems.

00:17 [Pub][ePrint] Accelerating Bliss: the geometry of ternary polynomials, by Léo Ducas

  The signature scheme Bliss proposed by Ducas, Durmus, Lepoint and Lyubashevsky at Crypto\'13, is currently the most compact and efficient lattice-based signature scheme that is provably secure under lattice assumptions. It does compare favourably with the standardized schemes RSA and ECDSA on both Software and Hardware.

In this work, we introduce a new technique that improves the above scheme, offering an acceleration factor up to 2.8, depending on the set of parameters.

Namely, we improve the unnatural geometric bound used in Bliss to a tighter and much more natural bound by using some extra degree of freedom: the ternary representations of binary challenges. Precisely, we efficiently choose a ternary representation that makes the result deterministically shorter than the expected length for a random challenges.

Our modified scheme Bliss-b is rather close to the original scheme, and both versions are compatible. The patch has been implemented on the Open-Source Software implementation of Bliss, and will be released under similar license.

21:17 [Pub][ePrint] Leakage-Resilient Circuits Revisited -- Optimal Number of Computing Components without Leak-free Hardware, by Dana Dachman-Soled and Feng-Hao Liu and Hong-Sheng Zhou

  Side channel attacks -- attacks that exploit implementation-dependent information of a cryptosystem -- have been shown to be highly detrimental, and the cryptographic community has recently

focused on developing techniques for securing implementations against such attacks. An important model called \\emph{Only Computation Leaks} (OCL) [Micali and Reyzin, TCC \'04] and its stronger variants were proposed to model a broad class of leakage attacks (a type of

side-channel attack). These models allow for unbounded, arbitrary leakage as long as (1) information in each leakage observation is bounded, and (2) different parts of the computation leak independently. Various results and techniques have been developed for these models and we continue this line of research in the current work.

We address the problem of compiling any circuit into a circuit secure against OCL attacks. In order to leverage the OCL assumption, the resulting circuit will be split into components, where at any point in time only a single component is active. Optimally, we would like to output a circuit that has only one component, and no part of the computation needs to be leak-free. However, this task is impossible due to the result of Barak et al. [JACM \'12].The current state-of-the-art constructions achieve either two components with additional leak-free hardware, or many components without leak-free hardware.

In this work, we show how to achieve the best of both worlds: We construct two-component OCL schemes without relying on leak-free components. Our approach is general and modular -- we develop generic techniques to remove the hardware component from hardware-based constructions, when the functionality provided by the hardware satisfies some properties. Our techniques use universal deniable encryption (recently constructed by Sahai and Water [STOC \'14] using indistinguishable obfuscation) and non-committing encryption in a novel way. Then, we observe that the functionalities of the hardware used in previous two-component constructions of Juma and Vahlis [Crypto \'10], and Dziembowski and Faust [TCC \'12] satisfy the required properties.

The techniques developed in this paper have deep connections with adaptively secure and leakage tolerant multi-party computation (MPC).

Our constructions immediately yield adaptively secure and leakage tolerant MPC protocols for any no-input randomized functionality in the semi-honest model. The result holds in the CRS model, without pre-processing. Our results also have implications to two-party leakage tolerant computation for arbitrary functionalities, which we obtain by combining our constructions with a recent result of Bitansky, Dachman-Soled, and Lin [Crypto \'14].

21:17 [Pub][ePrint] Pseudonymous Secure Computation from Time-Lock Puzzles, by Jonathan Katz and Andrew Miller and Elaine Shi

  In standard models of secure computation, point-to-point channels between parties are as-

sumed to be authenticated by some pre-existing means. In other cases, even stronger pre-existing

setup--e.g., a public-key infrastructure (PKI)--is assumed. These assumptions are too strong

for open, peer-to-peer networks, where parties do not necessarily have any prior relationships

and can come and go as they please. Nevertheless, these assumptions are made due to the

prevailing belief that nothing \"interesting\" can be achieved without them.

Taking inspiration from Bitcoin, we show that precise bounds on computational power can

be used in place of pre-existing setup to achieve weaker (but nontrivial) notions of security.

Specifically, under the assumptions that digital signatures exist and each party can solve cryp-

tographic \"time-lock\" puzzles only at a bounded rate, we show that without prior setup and

with no bound on the number of corruptions, a group of parties can agree on a PKI with which

they can then realize pseudonymous notions of authenticated communication, broadcast, and

secure computation. Roughly, \"pseudonymous\" here means that inputs/outputs are (effectively)

bound to pseudonyms rather than parties\' true identities.

21:17 [Pub][ePrint] Adaptively Secure, Universally Composable, Multi-Party Computation in Constant Rounds, by Dana Dachman-Soled and Jonathan Katz and Vanishree Rao

  Cryptographic protocols with adaptive security ensure that security holds against an adversary who can dynamically determine which parties to corrupt as the protocol progresses---or even after the protocol is finished. In the setting where all parties may potentially be corrupted, and secure erasure is not assumed, it has been a long-standing open question to design secure-computation protocols with adaptive security running in constant rounds.

Here, we show a constant-round, universally composable protocol for computing any functionality, tolerating a malicious, adaptive adversary corrupting any number of parties. Interestingly, our protocol can compute all functionalities, not just adaptively well-formed ones.

21:17 [Pub][ePrint] Provably secure pairing-free identity-based partially blind signature scheme and its application in online e-cash system, by SK Hafizul Islam, G. P. Biswas

  The blind signature scheme permits the user to acquire a signature

from the signer; however, the message and the final signature are

unknown to the signer. In a partially blind signature (PBS) scheme,

the signer can explicitly incorporate a common information in the

signature based on some agreement with the user and without

violating the blindness property. Many PBS schemes have been

proposed recently either by using certificate authority-based public

infrastructure (CA-PKI) or pairing along with map-to-point function.

The CA-PKI-based PBS scheme needs huge computation and storage to

keep public keys and certificates. On the other hand, pairing and

map-to-point function are costly operations. Thus, the ID-PBS scheme

without pairing is more appropriate for real environments, and an

efficient pairing-free ID-PBS scheme is proposed in this paper. In

the random oracle model, our scheme is analyzed to be provably

secure. The proposed scheme is used to design an online e-cash

system, in which a bank agrees on a common piece of information with

a customer and can blindly sign some messages. It may be noted that

our e-cash system has the properties of unforgeability,

unlinkability, and non-deniability and can prevent the

double-spending of e-cash.

21:17 [Pub][ePrint] Differential Factors: Improved Attacks on SERPENT, by Cihangir Tezcan and Ferruh Özbudak

  A differential attack tries to capture the round keys corresponding to the S-boxes activated by a differential. In this work, we show that for a fixed output difference of an S-box, it may not be possible to distinguish the guessed keys that have a specific difference. We introduce these differences as differential factors. Existence of differential factors can reduce the time complexity of differential attacks and as an example we show that the 10, 11, and 12-round differential-linear attacks of Dunkelman et al. on SERPENT can actually be performed with time complexities reduced by a factor of 4, 4, and 8, respectively.

21:17 [Pub][ePrint] Cats and Dogs An Integrity for Voting Systems Based on Paper Ballots, by İhsan Haluk Akın

  Abstract--Voting systems based on paper ballots has a long

history with various problems. Vote-selling and correct outcome

are two major problems among many. In this work, we propose

a new solution to these problems by using UltraViolet (UV)

fiber paper Physical Unclonable Function (PUF). When applied

this solution not only prevents vote-selling but also ensures the

correctness of the outcome. With these two problems eliminated,

the voting systems based on paper ballots will have complete